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Is this the year for a gas tax hike?

DES MOINES — Several Iowa lawmakers say it’s time to explore stronger funding for the state’s roads and bridges.

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Iowa Senate adjourns, reconvenes; will meet again Friday

DES MOINES — You could say the Iowa Legislature is halfway to adjourning its 2014 session.

The House passed a sine die resolution endi ... »

Iowa law enforcement academy administrator retires amid pressure

The assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy announced this week he will retire amid pressure from a lawmaker concerning complaints t ... »

Iowa House votes to make more employee settlement information public

On a party line vote, Iowa House Democrats unsuccessfully tried to write Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s executive order banning confidentiality a ... »

Iowa Senate passes education budget bill

The Iowa Senate voted Monday to approve a $986 million education budget for fiscal 2015 that would cover a tuition freeze at state universities, fu ... »

Iowa Senate sends radon, crossbow bills to governor

The Iowa Senate on Tuesday accepted a scaled-down effort to raise awareness among schools officials of the potential harmful health threats posed b ... »

Branstad: No 'hush money' for state employees' silence

Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he is standing by a top administrator who told lawmakers no extra “hush money” was paid to laid-off state employees ... »

Federal law on corporate donations likely factor in Supreme Court rejecting Iowa case

The United States Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to an Iowa campaign finance case that campaign finance experts say is likely due to si ... »

Gaming commission takes in 6 hours of pros, cons of Cedar Rapids casino

CEDAR RAPIDS — In two weeks we’ll know.

The Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission came to Cedar Rapids on Thursday, visited the site of the propose ... »

Iowa senator wants information about Branstad’s allegations of state employee abuse

A Democratic state senator on Wednesday asked Republican Gov. Terry Branstad to provide specifics on incidents of elder abuse, child abuse and sexu ... »

Oversight chair wants to hear from Iowa agencies that offered secret settlements, not employees

As his Senate counterparts prepared to hear from former state employees who were offered “hush money” to sign secret settlements ending their emplo ... »

Iowa Senate passes elder abuse, renewable energy bills

DES MOINES – The Iowa Senate voted Tuesday to bolster financial protections for vulnerable seniors and to extend and expand incentives to keep Iowa ... »

Republicans: Braley disses farmers, Grassley

Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley apologized Tuesday for comments at a fundraiser at a Texas law firm in which he said if Republicans took con ... »

Iowa Legislature leaders say prospects for gas tax increase dimming

Prospects of raising more revenue for Iowa’s transportation infrastructure this year seemed to have dimmed, according to Iowa legislative leaders w ... »

Former Iowa senator McKibben endorses Ernst

State sen. Joni Ernst, R-Red Oak, announced she has received the endorsement of former state Sen. Larry McKibben of Marshalltown in her bid for the ... »

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